New York Life Chief Executive Officer and President Craig DeSanto to become Chair of the Board.

New York Life | January, 17, 2023

NEW YORK — New York Life, America’s largest1 mutual life insurer, today announced that the company’s Board of Directors has elected Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Craig DeSanto as the next Chair of the Board, effective April 15, 2023. Mr. DeSanto, who will be the company’s 14th Chair since the position was established in 1931, will succeed current Chair Ted Mathas who retired as New York Life’s CEO last year after serving in the role for 14 years.

Mr. DeSanto assumed New York Life’s CEO position on April 16, 2022 and has served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors since February 2021.

“I am honored to serve our policy owners as New York Life’s next Chair and to succeed Ted, who set a powerful example for what it means to be an unwavering steward of our company,” said Mr. DeSanto. “Thanks to our mutuality, superior financial strength, unrivaled career agency system, and an outstanding, diverse team of dedicated agents and employees, we are exceptionally well-positioned to continue to provide financial security and peace of mind to our clients.”

Thomas Schievelbein, New York Life’s independent Lead Director, said, “Ted oversaw a seamless transition to Craig as CEO and Chair and we thank him for his many years of service to New York Life. The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Craig’s breadth of experience at the company and his deep understanding of the industry position him as the ideal leader to help author New York Life’s next chapter.”

“Craig has proven he has the knowledge, experience, and vision to further New York Life’s tradition of delivering on the company’s commitments to policy owners and clients, agents and employees, and the communities where we work and live,” said Mr. Mathas. “In a career that spans more than two decades with the company, he has overseen and produced outstanding results across the businesses and, since being named CEO, has delivered strong results on behalf of the clients who place their trust in New York Life.”

Mr. DeSanto currently serves on the boards of the American Council of Life Insurers and the Partnership for New York City.


New York Life Insurance Company (, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest1 mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments, and long-term care insurance. New York Life has the highest financial strength ratings currently awarded to any U.S. life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies.2

1Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),” Fortune magazine, 5/23/2022. For methodology, please see

2Individual independent rating agency commentary as of 10/18/2022: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s (AA+).


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